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Carlo Riva Will be Missed
Italian yacht designer and builder Carlo Riva passed away on Monday the 10th of April 2017. Born in Sarnico, Italy in 1922, Riva had a full life that spanned across 95 years – many of which was spent on the water doing what he loved most and continuing the family legacy.
A Family Business
The Riva family were known as a passionate boating family since the 1800s when Riva Shipyard was established by Carlo Riva’s great-grandfather Pietro Riva. The shipyard was started on Lake Iseo as a boat building business and evolved through the years into becoming a globally renowned yacht building company. In the 1920s when Carlo was born, his father and grandfather were exploring motor boating and speedboats as it emerged onto the market, and when Carlo Riva took over business, he also adopted the family’s innovative approach.
Riva’s Golden Era
In the 1950s Carlo transformed the business when he launched an ultramodern shipyard that built advanced yachts known for sophistication and excellent craftsmanship. The company started with the Ariston and then went on to the Tritone which was the first yacht launched with two engines. Lead by Carlo, the company then released its first series, the Sebino. Shortly thereafter the most advanced and sleek yacht yet was unveiled and widely recognised by business magnates, aristocrats and famous stars like Liz Taylor, Brigitte Bardot and Sean Connery.
A Timeless Icon
When introducing the Aquarama in the early 1960s at an International Boat show in Milan, Carlo immortalised the company. A few years later he started using fibreglass, but unlike most shipyards, Riva continued to produce wooden crafts as well. In 2000 the Aquariva was introduced, a 33-foot yacht that clearly celebrates the classic yachts of earlier years with extensive mahogany finishes and a wooden deck.
Carlo’s distinctive approach will be sadly missed by yacht enthusiasts and the global boating community.